We have just completed another successful year, with lots of Fortieth Anniversary events organised by our very able committee and fully supported by yourselves. Slowly starting with visits to Westminster Abbey Library and Tate Britain, we then went to Rainham Hall, Hever, Chenies, Stratfield Saye, Wrotham House, ending up with a cruise on the River Thames. Entertained by Cornucopia in Welwyn Garden, and culminating with our Anniversary Lunch, attended by 70 members, including a number of founder members at Old Fold Golf Club. For any organisation this is quite an achievement. Added to this we had a full lecture programme, both afternoons and evenings, with a wide range of subjects: Livery Companies; Capel Manor; Trent Park; St. Pancras Hotel, and lots of other subjects. We are one of the most active associations with plenty to offer. Thank you to you all for your support over the years.

This coming year we have another exciting programme of events for you. Our new outings organiser, Lorraine, started her tenure with an interesting visit to the Barings/ING art collection. Not only did we have an excellent evening, but the wine flowed and flowed. We were shown bottles in their cellar that cost £1,000+, slightly different from my £10 bottles from Waitrose! (other supermarkets are available). I can fully recommend to you the London visits to Museum of Childhood, and I’m looking forward to the Royal Institution. Chartwell is a favourite house and Belmont will be exciting. Do tell your friends about our events, and bring them along to the meetings to see what they are missing, and maybe they will join us so that they can come on our outings as well.

In this newsletter reference is made to a recent committee meeting where we updated our risk assessments. In particular we found ourselves wanting regarding our outings procedures. Therefore, we have included an ‘emergency contact’ section for all of our outing forms. In these troubled times we decided that we must do our best to protect our members and assist the emergency services. We hope you agree and complete this section with a name and emergency contact telephone number.

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2018,